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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2017

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Chalkhill Blue
(not Devil's Dyke)

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Send Us Your Sightings
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on this link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.


Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 20, Langstons, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk IP11 0XL  or to

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
         
February SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA CB HB CHB LTB WA RA PL ST P C SWF LT PE CMB SPW WB GR GK MB R SH MW- Total species seen 5      
         
24 Feb Cold here in Suffolk, 9C, but still saw a Peacock, presumably blown out of hibernation by Doris Barnham   Paul Harrison
22 Feb Peacock blown across the garden in the wind.  Not sunny so probably disturbed. SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Feb Red Admiral basking on leaf litter in the afternoon Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Jenny Plank
20 Feb Saw first Brimstone on allotments Pinmill   Keith Cooper
20 Feb Saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell around the Sizewell Estate Sizewell   SWT Coastal warden
20 Feb Wife has just seen her first butterfly of the year in Somerleyton: Brimstone Somerleyton   Richard Martin
20 Feb One of the pleasures of railway travel - sightings of Brimstones today at Needham Market, Elmswell,Thurston and just before Kennet. Needham Market   Stella Wolfe
20 Feb My first Brimstone of the year was seen at Gt Dingle between Dunwich and Walberswick this morning. All the best. Gt Dingle   Mike Morley
20 Feb Male Brimstone zipped through the garden this morning in breezy Suffolk, too fast for a photo Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
20 Feb My first Small Tortoiseshell of 2017 seen near Ixworth Ixworth   Trevor Goodfellow
20 Feb 1 Brimstone on the wing this morning Denston Hall Gardens   Mark Ferris
20 Feb Encountered two Brimstone butterflies and one Red Admiral butterfly flying on private land near the Orwell country park Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
20 Feb Saw a beautiful male Brimstone in my garden at 12 20 am today.  I am so happy. Nightingale Road Ipswich   P Compton
20 Feb Comma sunning itself on south facing fence SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Feb A quick sighting for you. Male Brimstone fluttering around ivy in the sunshine in our Ipswich garden. Ipswich   Julian Dowding
17 Feb 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen this morning at Carlton marshes in the sunshine Carlton marshes   Gavin Durrant
17 Feb Saw two Red Admirals today plus Small Tortoiseshell Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
17 Feb Peacock midday Hollesley marshes   Bill Plumb
16 Feb Red Admiral basking in the weak Suffolk sunshine (photo click here) Barnham Suffolk TL8779 160217 Paul Harrison
14 Feb Red Admiral flying in Hamilton Gardens, Felixstowe Felixstowe TM 3051 3449 Christopher Hayes
14 Feb Red admiral seen Northfield Wood, Onehouse   M Girling
13 Feb 1st butterfly for the year out in the sunshine today in  - a Peacock. Bombus terrestris too. Ipswich, Suffolk   Neil Sherman
2 Feb Red Admiral - basking on the sandy bund of a freshly created scrape Purdis Heath   Helen Saunders
         
January SS ES LS DS SWT CY B LW SW GVW OT GH PH WLH BH SC SSB BA CB HB CHB LTB WA RA PL ST P C SWF LT PE CMB SPW WB GR GK MB R SH MW- Total species seen 2      
24 Jan Peacock flying at mid-day (reported to me by another visitor) Lackford Lakes   Richard Perryman
10 Jan Red Admiral flying yesterday near Euston Hall Euston Hall   Will Brame
8 Jan Red Admiral in my garden in Kedington, Haverhill (photo click here) Haverhill   Mark O'Gallagher
1 Jan Small Tortoiseshell found indoors released into cover (so not a true outdoor sighting) Felixstowe   Bill Stone
         

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Photographs from 2017 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)



Red Admiral 8 Jan - photo Mark O'Gallagher

Red Admiral 16 Feb - photo Paul Harrison
 
     
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